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The Great Beauty [Blu-ray]

Toni Servillo , Sabriba Ferilli , Paolo Sorrentino    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Toni Servillo, Sabriba Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso
  • Directors: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jan 2014
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DUD7VDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,872 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Jep Gambardella, a 65-year-old journalist and once promising novelist, spends his easy life among Rome's high society in a swirl of rooftop parties and late-night soirees. But when he learns of the death of his friend's wife a woman he loved as an 18-year-old his life is thrown into perspective and he begins to see the world through new eyes.

A dazzling, dizzying, mesmerising and hypnotic cinematic tour-de-force that has drawn comparisons with Italian greats such as La Dolce Vita and La Notte.

A triumphant return to form for world-renowned visionary director Paulo Sorrentino (Il Divo, This Must Be The Place).

Starring the multi award-winning Toni Servillo (Il Divo, Gomorrah). Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2013, the film was hotly tipped for the Palme d'Or.

5 STARS Time Out, The Telegraph, The Irish Times

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Italian ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), Italian ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Great Beauty (2013) ( La grande bellezza ) (Blu-Ray)

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82 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar material 17 Sep 2013
By Carmelo
Format:DVD
Totally disagree with the previous review. thought the movie was incredibly engrossing and enjoyed every minute of the 2hr30min duration. For starters, it's a feast for the eyes. Rome itself and the way it is portrayed through the director's beautiful camera work would be enough of a spectacle even without the otherwise beautiful thought-provoking lines the film is punctuated with. I must disagree about the presumed missing depiction of the beauty of ordinary peoples' lives too. In fact it is admirably represented by the likes of Ramona who is a genuine woman devoid of all pretension and yet capable of deep thoughts, such as when she says to a jaded Jep after a night spent together: 'It was great not having sex, it's great being fond of one another', leaving him stunned. Other 'ordinary' people who are juxtaposed to the vacuous partying multitude are Jep's friend, the playwright, who eventually decides to leave that empty world behind and go back to his home village. The theme of going back to one's roots being elegantly represented with a food metaphor through the words of yet another ordinary-extraordinary person who couldn't be further away from the Roman jet set, the saint-nun, who claims she only eats 40 grams of roots a day, because 'roots are important'. I could go on and on, because I was totally mesmerized by this movie, not to mention its soundtrack. I derived absolute pleasure from watching the movie til the end of the credits. Hopefully you will be too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Great Boredom 2 July 2014
Format:DVD
A grave disappointment. As pretentious and unoriginal as it is convoluted; a film that tempts the audience with the "so deep and meaningful that you won't understand it" card. While the photography is the only thing that keeps you awake,you kick yourself for buying the DVD because of all the journalistic hype on the cover. The dialogue is strange but unfunny as the film tries surreal verbal exchanges which miss their mark because the characters are so boring in spite of it. There isn't enough of Rome in this film as you cling on for 2 1/4 hrs and if you wanna see what this director CAN DO watch The Consequences Of Love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure! 28 Jun 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was recommended this film as one of the best ever seen etc ....but it didn't quite do it for me! I am an Italian speaker and usually love arty type films but I found this slow and aimless! It meandered around the main characters a bit like a wasp at a picnic, and yes it is beautiful but a 10 year old could make a beautiful in Rome!

Not one of my best buys!
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly stunning 28 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
Words - so little to describe so much. I don't mean to sound pretentious or even coy, just gobsmacked at the beauty and variety and depth and shallowness and joy and I loved it. I walked home and the stars seemed brighter and I felt glad to be here on this planet.
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By FA Vine
Format:DVD
Intense, ironically beautiful and at times almost surreal, this is essentially a stunning and profound treatise, expounded with few words and a skeletal, almost non-existent plot, on the limitations of beauty and the elusiveness of happiness in the face of mortality, impermanence and, ultimately, death. Its cascade of startling imagery and quick-fire dialogue, when indeed there is dialogue at all, belies the slow pace of its unfolding theme and meaning; as such, it is perhaps a little over-long and is thus not a film for those of an impatient disposition or short attention span. It is, nonetheless, an amazing achievement, aesthetically, stylistically, technically and philosophically, leavened by laugh-out-loud moments prompted by its sparse but sharp script and an often sudden, powerful and surprising juxtaposition of images. Despite its flaws (and isn't all beauty, after all, ultimately flawed?), I strongly recommend this film to anyone with any kind of enduring interest in cinema and/or the deeper questions of our frail existence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a meditation. 7 July 2014
By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I started to watch "The Great Beauty" ("Le Grande Bellezza"!) waiting for a thoughtful drama about life, but quickly realised this film is not really that, it's a celebration of life and beauty and youth and companionship. And yes, even though the beauty of it all makes you forget for a minute this, it turns out it is still a thoughtful meditation about life, beautifully told. Told through the eyes of journalist Jep Gambardella (the alluring Toni Servillo, never was I so attracted to the, allegedly, 65 year old).

Jep charmed his way through the extravagant nightlife and artlife of Rome for half a century. Since the much talked about triumph of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent resident in the Eternal City's art circles. Events surrounding his birthday make Jep start to evaluate his life, turning his fabled humour on himself and his comrades, and looking for Rome in all its magnificence, exchanging the extravagant nightclubs for a stroll through [almost] abandoned houses of Italian aristocracy.

I doubt I will be re-watching this film, but I will cherish the memory of it.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sumptuous, dazzling, witty and perverse 28 Oct 2013
Format:DVD
A poignant meditation on life undertaken via a voyeuristic tour through Rome, and the lives of some of its most stylish denizens, arguably also the most spiritually lost. The photography is simply beautiful. Although there is no real story, the thread of reflection of the main character provides the logic of the film. Some of the dialogues are laugh out loud hilarious, other situations leave a taste of emptiness and regret. The real subject is the problem of purpose. Of course there are no answers, but it's hard to imagine a more wonderful way to contemplate the question.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film - shame about the lack of extras
The film itself is one of the great films of the 21st century: humane and subtle. I believe it will come to seen as a classic on a par with the best of Italian cinema. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by N C Sweeney
1.0 out of 5 stars A bore from the start
Pretentious rubbish. Not worth taking the time to watch enough to decide it was not worth watching!
Published 5 days ago by John L
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exquisite
Published 9 days ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Bella Roma
Great cinematrography. An amusing tale with with some amusing moments.
Published 11 days ago by kisscurl
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous film
Beautifully shot, with some great performances. The closing credit sequence is extraordinary.
Published 12 days ago by Ruby Tough
5.0 out of 5 stars recommended
Brought this as it had been recommended to me due to the suave suits and locations used in the film. Read more
Published 16 days ago by A. Stanhope
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary cinema.
An extraordinary piece of cinema. Beautiful and absorbing. Watch it and you'll wonder where it's going, but afterwards you'll be thinking about it for days.
Published 16 days ago by Steven Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Came promptly and was as described. Still trying to make sense of the film though!
Published 18 days ago by David P L
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry- didn't get it at all
Dire- pretentious, ponderous nonsense- didn't get it at all.
Published 19 days ago by BJD
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky
quirky but loved it !
Published 21 days ago by Gramm
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